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Advice Show Us Your Squirrel Feeder

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Marky-Boy, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. Marky-Boy

    Marky-Boy Just The Two

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    I’m in the middle of making a Squirrel feeder from an old aluminium fishing box. I thought it would be cool to see what you lot have made
    Did anyone fit a target or spinner on the feeder to check point of aim?
    Any Tips from what you have learnt along the way would be appreciated.
    And how did you attach it to the tree?
    Photos/Pics Please
    Cheers AGF
     
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    Herb64 Engaging Member

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    This works well for me though I’ve moved it to another location. Sides are about 16 inches high and it holds a fair amount of food. I use wheat and chopped maize. Started with peanuts but found the greys would eat what I now use. Most important bit I’ve found is to put a piece of plastic board inside the box so feed slides into the front keeping the hopper filled.
     

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    Rat reaper Busy Member

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    9F8AB492-015D-4664-82B7-758FAEE7A7DC.jpeg 6F1A85CF-02B6-40A5-BC5E-92A02BE4518F.jpeg Here’s mine ,it’s a good idea to plate it with some tin because if the food runs out they will chew at it also fix a ramp inside it to allow the bait to fall through.
    The top pic is themadspread one , his has a hinged top to stop anything else taking the food .
    A 15 mm spinner has been fixed to every feeder I have
     
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    Rat reaper Busy Member

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    Also make sure the lid over hangs enough to keep the food dry .i like to keep a lip around the base to help stop the food spilling on the floor squirrels can be messy eaters
     
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    Marky-Boy Just The Two

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    Brilliant thank you
    I have made a nice aluminium ramp inside so the feed slides towards the hopper I’ll take some pics of the inside when I cut a door in the Top
    Cheers
     
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    Marky-Boy Just The Two

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    Cheers buddy
    Mines made of Aluminium do you think they will nibble that?
    I see this on a YouTube vid IMG_8470.jpg
    A little roof just for the food
    Cool I’ll definitely sort out a little spinner for it
     
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    They won’t nibble aluminium. I don’t use a lid on the bit the feed comes out as like wild birds to feed from it. I find it encourages squirrels if they see movement of wild life.
     
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    Marky-Boy Just The Two

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    Maybe I’ll compromise and fit one half way so bids can get to it
    Would be nice to get my first EVER Jay off my feeder
     
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    Rat reaper Busy Member

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    I don’t usually use a lid either but I can fill it on a regular bases if I need but if you can’t get to your perm regularly the woodies will hammer the food and you will run out
     
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    Marky-Boy Just The Two

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    I can’t fill mine on a regular basis hence mine is rather big compared to some.
    I don’t mind a woodie or two
    Do you screw or strap yours?
     
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    Screw a piece of wood to tree to support the feeder weight then use a strap. pack of 4 from Amazon for about £10.00 Use 2 gives you an excuse to make another feeder!!!
     
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    I use fence post the ones that fit in a metal spiked socket, I find there a good height to reach to fill up and high enough to keep deer of them , I always fix a couple of branches to them
     

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    Marky-Boy Just The Two

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    Cheers buddy I was contemplating using straps but I’ll be fitting it high up (7-8ft maybe higher) on my own food for thought I’ll get it made first
    Thinking thinking........
     
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    Marky-Boy Just The Two

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    To be honest buddy I was hoping to fit mine high on a tree so no one can mess about with it
    Did you coat yours with under seal?
     
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    Good idea just remember to take some steps with you when you fill it up ,3 coats of some sort of under seal don’t know what type it was Andy themadspread got it from work and it’s good sh**
     
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    Marky-Boy Just The Two

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    I intend to leave a ladder in the ditch close by where I intend to build a permanent hide the farmer thinks I’m bonkers! I am!
    Haha cool I may just pop to rock bottom or pound land and coat mine good stinking Batman
     
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    There was a squirrel on my feeder yesterday only problem was farmer had parked the tractor in the way so lucky squirrel.
     

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    Marky-Boy Just The Two

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    Naughty farmer Tidy box buddy easy to top up too I’m I little worried if I set mine that low someone may mess about with it
    How many to date have you had on it?
     
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    About 6 up to now that's not as many as some perms have got but would be more if could spend more time on it, I'm still pleased with it anyway better than I thought it would be.
     
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    made these two for blackmax and fitted a spinner to them with a slanted base inside the feeder, mesh is stainless and wood is oak, on mine i have ended up drilling a few holes in the tray and making the lid overhang more to keep off rain etc but mine has now got me 54 squirells in a few months, yesterday saw 53 and 54 and today the trail cam pics revealed another 4 munching ma nuts !!! :eek::eek::eek:
     

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